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November 11, 1995 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ontario Labor Relations Board shot a hole in the NBA's lockout of its referees Friday, ruling the league can no longer use replacement officials at Toronto Raptor home games. The NBA immediately announced that it will assign three regular referees to work--but only in Toronto--starting with Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets. Replacements will continue working the other games. Yet to be learned is what the regular referees will do.
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August 16, 2001 | Lonnie White
Although the NHL has the highest-paid officials in professional sports, it is ready to use replacement referees and linesmen if it can't reach a contract agreement with officials before the start of the season. The league's contract with officials expires Aug. 31, and Commissioner Gary Bettman already has confirmed that the NHL has scheduled camps for potential replacements later this month. "We've made every effort to [reach a deal]," a league source said Wednesday.
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December 8, 1995 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before a game in 1989, the famed NBA referee, Earl Strom, got into an argument in the dressing room with his partner, Dick Bavetta, grabbed him by the neck and tried to choke him. Within two weeks, they had made up and were again riding to games together. So if the question is, can union members who split, 27-26, on a new contract last week referee together next week, the answer is not only "Why not?" but "What else is new?"
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December 8, 1995 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before a game in 1989, the famed NBA referee, Earl Strom, got into an argument in the dressing room with his partner, Dick Bavetta, grabbed him by the neck and tried to choke him. Within two weeks, they had made up and were again riding to games together. So if the question is, can union members who split, 27-26, on a new contract last week referee together next week, the answer is not only "Why not?" but "What else is new?"
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August 16, 2001 | Lonnie White
Although the NHL has the highest-paid officials in professional sports, it is ready to use replacement referees and linesmen if it can't reach a contract agreement with officials before the start of the season. The league's contract with officials expires Aug. 31, and Commissioner Gary Bettman already has confirmed that the NHL has scheduled camps for potential replacements later this month. "We've made every effort to [reach a deal]," a league source said Wednesday.
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November 18, 1995 | Associated Press
Negotiators for the NBA's locked-out referees said Friday they have rejected the league's latest proposal. However, rank-and-file union members have received copies of the proposal and could decide to act against the wishes of their leadership by taking a vote on the deal. The NBA mailed copies of its proposed salary scale and other contract terms to all 54 referees. "Behind our backs, the agreement was overnighted to them," said Fred Slaughter, the union's general counsel.
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September 1, 1994 | Associated Press
Three NFL owners and representatives of the league's officials met for four hours in Chicago with no resolution of their contract talks, but with a guarantee that there would be no walkout on the opening weekend of the season. The officials are asking that game salaries, which range from $1,350 to $2,700 a game based on seniority, be doubled and pension payments increased by 300%.
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October 3, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The NBA averted a potential lockout of its referees when a three-year contract agreement was reached with the officials' union Friday. NBA general counsel Gary Bettman, who handled negotiations on behalf of the league, had previously said the league was offering a deal that increased officials' pay by 29% in the first year and 74% overall. The officials will attend training camp this weekend.
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November 8, 1995 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leon Wood thought it would take three or four years to fulfill his dream to become an NBA referee. But his timetable has been accelerated because of the contract dispute between the referees union and the NBA owners. With the regular referees on strike, Wood became one of the replacement officials used for exhibition games and regular-season games that started last week. "We knew during our training . . . that something like this could happen, so we were prepared for it," Wood said.
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December 5, 1995 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a lockout that lasted a month and a day into the season, the NBA and its referees struck a deal Monday, ending sport's latest work stoppage. The league has been negotiating for new labor contracts with its players and referees for the last 18 months. The players are signed for six years, the referees for five and everyone can use the rest. Like the deal with the players that was turned down and had to be reworked, this one was almost rejected.
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November 18, 1995 | Associated Press
Negotiators for the NBA's locked-out referees said Friday they have rejected the league's latest proposal. However, rank-and-file union members have received copies of the proposal and could decide to act against the wishes of their leadership by taking a vote on the deal. The NBA mailed copies of its proposed salary scale and other contract terms to all 54 referees. "Behind our backs, the agreement was overnighted to them," said Fred Slaughter, the union's general counsel.
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November 11, 1995 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Ontario Labor Relations Board shot a hole in the NBA's lockout of its referees Friday, ruling the league can no longer use replacement officials at Toronto Raptor home games. The NBA immediately announced that it will assign three regular referees to work--but only in Toronto--starting with Wednesday's game against the Houston Rockets. Replacements will continue working the other games. Yet to be learned is what the regular referees will do.
SPORTS
November 8, 1995 | MIKE TERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leon Wood thought it would take three or four years to fulfill his dream to become an NBA referee. But his timetable has been accelerated because of the contract dispute between the referees union and the NBA owners. With the regular referees on strike, Wood became one of the replacement officials used for exhibition games and regular-season games that started last week. "We knew during our training . . . that something like this could happen, so we were prepared for it," Wood said.
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September 1, 1994 | Associated Press
Three NFL owners and representatives of the league's officials met for four hours in Chicago with no resolution of their contract talks, but with a guarantee that there would be no walkout on the opening weekend of the season. The officials are asking that game salaries, which range from $1,350 to $2,700 a game based on seniority, be doubled and pension payments increased by 300%.
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November 25, 1993 | HELENE ELLIOTT
A demand by NHL game officials for $750,000 in benefits, nearly as much as the $850,000 in salary they would gain over a four-year deal, has sent the strike by referees and linesmen into its 11th day, with no end in sight. Jeff Pash, the NHL's senior vice president and general counsel, said Wednesday that the league and the officials are in accord on salary, insurance and severance pay, but progress had halted when the officials specified the amount of the benefits increase.
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November 25, 1993 | HELENE ELLIOTT
A demand by NHL game officials for $750,000 in benefits, nearly as much as the $850,000 in salary they would gain over a four-year deal, has sent the strike by referees and linesmen into its 11th day, with no end in sight. Jeff Pash, the NHL's senior vice president and general counsel, said Wednesday that the league and the officials are in accord on salary, insurance and severance pay, but progress had halted when the officials specified the amount of the benefits increase.
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December 5, 1995 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After a lockout that lasted a month and a day into the season, the NBA and its referees struck a deal Monday, ending sport's latest work stoppage. The league has been negotiating for new labor contracts with its players and referees for the last 18 months. The players are signed for six years, the referees for five and everyone can use the rest. Like the deal with the players that was turned down and had to be reworked, this one was almost rejected.
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November 15, 1993 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An impromptu meeting Sunday between NHL executives and representatives of the NHL Officials Assn. failed to settle their differences, leaving officials poised to strike at midnight and players concerned about the standards of the game. "This is not like three-on-three basketball where you call your own fouls. There's too much at stake," King center Wayne Gretzky said. "In the famous words of a guy I played with a long time, Marty (McSorley), 'If you're not cheating, you're not trying to win.'
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November 14, 1993 | HELENE ELLIOTT
The NHL, which faces a midnight strike by on-ice officials, has no further discussions planned with Don Meehan, who represents the NHL Officials Assn., despite Meehan's effort to arrange talks Saturday. Meehan said he had called Jeff Pash, the NHL's general counsel, "in hopes we can have some dialogue. I think both sides realize it's in everybody's best interest to come to an agreement." He said the league's refusal to talk "is not constructive. People don't react well to that kind of coercion."
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